BIM 360 and Unified Platform Model Coordination Updates

Autodesk have made some great headway with the addition of some highly anticipated features to the Model Coordination service.

Alignment Tools

Released this May, the Alignment tools help to define transforms (move, rotate and copy) necessary to correct model misalignment, ensure accurate clash results and support multi-model project review.

Why are these tools helpful? Revit users over the years have battled establishing a project position “hand shake” between linked models using Revit Shared Coordinates, and when viewing these combined models in BIM 360, or the new Unified Platform, the results are that the linked models are misaligned or “off in space”.

Various tools are provided to apply a transform to misaligned models. XYZ and Rotation fields report data that is being used from the authoring application, in most case, this will be from Revit.

These data fields can be used for manual entry, and include the ability to ‘nudge’ in each direction.

The alignment tools include: Move into View, Copy From, Rotate Models and Move Models from Point to Point.

Example of a federated view with models ‘’off in space’’:

Example after misaligned models have been transformed:

Save Transforms

After you correct a misalignment, you can save the changes against a model file. In the case of Revit, the transform will be saved for all 3D Views published from the same RVT file, helping to keep everything in sync.

Saved transforms will carry forwards to future new versions of the file. If a file is copied in Document Management, any saved transform data will also be copied. Similarly, using the Share and Consume workflows in Design Collaboration will also ensure any transform data is carried forwards. If the misalignment is later corrected in the authoring file, then the saved transform can be removed using the Revert button from the Transform Model panel.

The primary purpose of aligning models in Model Coordination is to ensure the accuracy of data for review and analysis. Once a transform has been saved, the clash engine is triggered, automatically recalculating clashes impacted by the updated model position.

Look here for a detailed breakdown.

Clash Tolerance Filter

Released this August, the Clash Tolerance Filter tool enhances multi-model review, assisting you to prioritise major clashes.

This has been a highly requested feature amongst model coordinators and one of the reasons Navisworks has been used to perform more specific clash tests in the past.

As your project progresses, you can adjust your required tolerance to match your needs. For example, start with a larger tolerance in earlier stages, then refine as designs develop and evolve towards fabrication level of detail.

Define tolerances in either decimal millimeters or inches. Enter any positive value manually, or step up/down in 10mm or 0.5 inch increments.

The clashes list and viewer will dynamically update and temporarily hide clashes below this value.

Use the tolerance feature with other clash filters and grouping to tailor clash review between specific specialty trades or disciplines.

Look here for a detailed breakdown.


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